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First published: May 1, 2024 - Last updated: May 1, 2024


Author: Katherine Sawyer

Title: Sexual Violence Against Men in Civil Conflict

Subtitle: -

Journal: Political Research Quarterly

Volume: (Published online before print)


Year: 2024 (Published online: March 31, 2024)


pISSN: 1065-9129 - Find a Library: WorldCat | eISSN: 1938-274X - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Types: Wartime Sexual Violence; Victims: Age and Gender / Male Adults


Link: Sage Journals (Restricted Access)


Author: Katherine Sawyer, Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University - Google Scholar

Abstract: »Sexual violence against men in conflict settings is neither a rare nor recent phenomenon, yet its absence in academic scholarship and humanitarian initiatives remains glaring. Despite the advances in our understanding of the determinants of wartime sexual violence against women, surprisingly little empirical research exists on sexual violence against men in conflict. Acts of sexual violence are commonly enacted against men in war, yet because they do not fit more narrow definitions of rape, accounts of these experiences are often misclassified as “torture.” Moreover, in many countries experiencing pervasive conflict-related sexual violence, there exist restrictive laws regarding sodomy and homosexuality, reducing the chances that males will report their experiences. Using originally coded data on sexual and gender identity laws and reported incidents of sexual violence in civil conflict, I find that laws that outline the protection of sexual and gender identity expression including the decriminalization of same-sex activity are significantly associated with reports of acts of sexual violence against men. The results speak to the gap in the literature on male sexual violence with tangible consequences for the distribution of humanitarian aid, availability of medical and psychological services for victims, and aims of peacekeeping missions.« (Source: Political Research Quarterly)

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